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Closed Distilleries

Scotland's closed distilleries are almost always the most popular and highly sought after amongst whisky collectors and the cognoscenti. Their whisky has become legendary, and not just for its flavour, but for the fact it is incredibly rare and hard to find, though it was once very different...

Scotland was once home to hundreds of distilleries, and in the peak of the 19th century, there were over two hundred of them in operation! This number quickly started to dwindle, as distilleries started closing for various economic reasons.

US Prohibition killed off a number of distilleries whose main income came from export to America, and shortly after the UK was stricken by the economic depression of the 1920s and 1930s. After the Second World War around 70 distilleries closed down for good, though as the UK slowly started to build itself back up again the popularity and growth of whisky continued to increase up until the 1980s, when economic difficulties forced the industry to make cut backs. At that time, blended Scotch was the most popular style of whisky, whilst single malts only really become popular comparatively recently. The result of this was that when cut backs were made, it was done with blended whisky in mind. Smaller distilleries closed, as did those whose whisky didn’t make much of an impact when used as a blending component.

The whisky industry is back on the rise now, and increased interest in single malts has even brought about the reopening of several distilleries. With this in mind, the lost distilleries of the 20th century will always have a special place in our hearts, distilleries like ,> St Magdalene, the intensely smoky Brora , Dallas Dhu , and the epic Port Ellen, amongst many, many others...

Caperdonich 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

70cl, 46%
Caperdonich

This is a popular distillery with aficionados. At one point it was known as Glen Grant No.2 after its sister distillery. Legend has it that the two were connected by a pipe to transfer whisky between…  More info

Caperdonich 1998 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & Macphail)

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 52.3%
Rosebank

From the closed distillery that triple-distilled their whisky, Rosebank, comes this 21 year old single malt. Distilled in February 1992, a year before the distillery closed, it matured in a single…  More info

Rosebank 21 Year Old 1992 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Brora 13 Year Old 1982 (cask 430) - Blackadder

70cl, 43%
Brora

Though Brora is closed (though not for long - plans to revive the distillery are in motion!), we can still taste its whisky via rare old bottlings like this! It's a 13 year old Brora distilled in…  More info

Brora 13 Year Old 1982 (cask 430) - Blackadder

Glen Albyn 32 Year Old 1970 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 50%
Glen Albyn

A very old bottling of Glen Albyn, distilled in 1970. That's the same year The Beatles broke up, but at least one good thing came from that year - this whisky! It was matured for 32 long years…  More info

Glen Albyn 32 Year Old 1970 - Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition

70cl, 46.8%
Littlemill

Though the Littlemill distillery is no longer a thing, the whiskies produced at this Lowland distillery continue to sneak out to whisky enthusiasts - and this is a big one. This is a 40 year old old…  More info

Littlemill 40 Year Old Celestial Edition

Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 (cask 4190) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 42.1%
Imperial

Though the Imperial Distillery no longer stands, its whisky still finds its way to the hands of enthusiasts via indie bottlers! This one is a 23 year old Imperial single malt, distilled in May 1995…  More info

Imperial 23 Year Old 1995 (cask 4190) - Celebration Of The Cask (Càrn Mòr)

Littlemill 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 46.3%
Littlemill

A single malt Scotch whisky from the now sadly closed Littlemill distillery, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. These are always popular, they are pretty delicious and limited…  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

Littlemill 23 Year Old 1989 - The Nectar of The Daily Drams

70cl, 55.5%
Littlemill

This Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky distilled back in 1989 is a joint bottling by both La Maison du Whisky and Belgian bottlers, The Nectar, who made it part of its wonderful Nectar of the…  More info

Littlemill 23 Year Old 1989 - The Nectar of The Daily Drams

Dallas Dhu 23 Year Old 1983 - Historic Scotland

70cl, 46%
Dallas Dhu

A rare bottle of Dallas Dhu, distilled the very same year that the Speyside distillery closed its doors. After 23 years it was bottled specially for Historic Scotland, who have owned the distillery…  More info

Dallas Dhu 23 Year Old 1983 - Historic Scotland

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1975 - Finest Collection (Hart Brothers)

70cl, 43%
Port Ellen

Ooh, very rare single malt from the long-closed Port Ellen distillery! This was distilled in 1975 and independently bottled 22 years later by the Hart Brothers for their Finest Collection. This…  More info

Port Ellen 22 Year Old 1975 - Finest Collection (Hart Brothers)

Port Ellen 39 Year Old - Untold Stories Series

70cl, 50.9%
Port Ellen

The first release in the Port Ellen Untold Stories Series is an astonishing bottling of 39 year old single malt produced by the legendary Islay-based distillery. Dubbed The Spirit Safe, this is one…  More info

Port Ellen 39 Year Old - Untold Stories Series

Dallas Dhu 24 Year Old 1982 - Historic Scotland

70cl, 56.3%
Dallas Dhu

Distilled in Speyside in 1982 at one of Scotland's lost distilleries, Dallas Dhu, not long before it closed. It was then bottled in 2007 exclusively for Historic Scotland, the Government body that…  More info

Dallas Dhu 24 Year Old 1982 - Historic Scotland

Littlemill 27 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2017

70cl, 51.3%
Littlemill

The Littlemill distillery was sadly shut in 1994 - and even more sadly demolished almost completely by a fire in 2004. However, the whisky produced at the Lowland-based distillery still sometimes…  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old - Private Cellar Edition 2017

Kinclaith 36 Year Old 1969 (cask 301456) - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

80cl, 50.1%
Kinclaith

A Duncan Taylor bottling from the closed Kinclaith distillery, which began its life in May 1969. A whopping 36 years later, it was bottled in 2005 from a single cask for the Rarest of the Rare…  More info

Kinclaith 36 Year Old 1969 (cask 301456) - Rarest of the Rare (Duncan Taylor)

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Special Release)

70cl, 53.2%
Brora

Very rare cask strength 30 year old from Brora. John Hansell even rated this a whopping 95 points! This is a muscular, powerful dram. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Special Release)

Port Ellen 29 Year Old 1978 - 8th Release (2008 Special Release)

70cl, 55.3%
Port Ellen

From Diageo's 2008 Special Releases comes a 29 year old single malt from the legendary Port Ellen distillery, which was distilled in 1978. It was drawn from American and European oak casks and…  More info

Port Ellen 29 Year Old 1978 - 8th Release (2008 Special Release)

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.1%
Rosebank

Distilled in 1981 at the now silent Rosebank distillery and matured for 22 years before bottling at cask strength for Diageo's Rare Malts range. This bottle was part of a private collection - if…  More info

Rosebank 22 Year Old 1981 - Rare Malts
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Brora 30 Year Old (2003 Special Release)

70cl, 55.7%
Brora

A rare, 30 year old cask strength dram from Brora. The Brora distillery has since been closed and is now used as a warehouse and visitor centre by adjacent distillery, Clynelish. This bottle was…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2003 Special Release)

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2016) (Lot No. RO/16/05) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Port Ellen

A vintage Port Ellen that was distilled in 1980 and bottled by Gordon & McPhail in 2016 for the Rare Old series. A release of only 275 bottles. Incredibly rare Islay single malt from this legendary…  More info

Port Ellen 1980 (bottled 2016) (Lot No. RO/16/05) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

North Port 24 Year Old 1975 (cask 2094) - Signatory

70cl, 61.1%
North Port

A rare Signatory bottling of whisky from the now-closed North Port distillery, also known as Brechin. Distilled on 25 June 1975, it was then aged in refill-sherry cask #2094 for 24 years before it…  More info

North Port 24 Year Old 1975 (cask 2094) - Signatory

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

70cl, 54.6%
Littlemill

An Old & Rare Platinum bottling of Littlemill single malt Scotch whisky, distilled back in November 1988. It matured in a single refill hogshead for 27 years before being bottled in May 2016 by…  More info

Littlemill 27 Year Old 1988 - Old & Rare Platinum (Hunter Laing)

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 51.8%
Port Ellen

A marvellous and decidedly rare Port Ellen distilled in April 1982 and aged for a massive 30 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in April 2012 for Douglas Laing's premium Old and Rare…  More info

Port Ellen 30 Year Old 1982 - Old and Rare (Douglas Laing)

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1975 (cask 96/3/37) - Signatory

70cl, 48.1%
St. Magdalene

A Signatory bottling of Linlithgow single malt Scotch whisky (you may know the closed Linlithgow under its other name - St. Magdalene). This one was distilled in 1975 and bottled 28 years later in…  More info

Linlithgow 28 Year Old 1975 (cask 96/3/37) - Signatory

St Magdalene 1965 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

75cl, 40%
St. Magdalene

A very collectible bottle from Gordon & MacPhail's long-running indie bottling range, Connoisseurs Choice. This is a single malt from the St Magdalene distillery, which closed in the 1983 (along many…  More info

St Magdalene 1965 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Lochside 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/07) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%
Lochside

Though the Lochside distillery is gone (it was closed in 1992 and finally demolished in 2005), you can still get a taste of their whiskies from independent bottlings - just like this one right here!…  More info

Lochside 1981 (bottled 2015) (Lot No. RO/15/07) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

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